Waterville Apartment Building Condemned 

Waterville officials say some apartments on the corner of Main and Silver streets are unsafe for people to live in. It’s left some tenants scrambling to find new homes. Those tenants in the building, like Anthony Figueroa, say they have a long list of gripes for their landlord. “My ceilings got mold in it, my floors got mold in it, there’s a hole in my bathroom,” says Figueroa, “my bathroom is literally like 30 below even during the middle of the summer like I don’t get it. It makes no sense.”Angela Hanson lives downstairs from Figueroa with her fiance and 5-year-old son and says she’s just as unhappy with her apartment and the landlord. “He doesn’t care about the tenants whatsoever,” Hanson says. “He cares about getting his money and running the restaurant that’s it.” Paul Morency is the owner of the building. He says he’s been a landlord for 25 years and tenants are equally responsible for this problem. “If a tenant goes to a building and doesn’t find when they go to rent it, they don’t find it’s up to code, worthiness, they shouldn’t rent it.”Morency, who also owns the Midnight Blues Club on the first floor, has a few gripes of his own. “Nobody’s paying rent.” Morency says the tenants complaining the loudest are anywhere from one to four months behind on their rent. “Without income coming in, what am I supposed to do? There’s just no money available to continue fixing it up and to take money out of my own pocket which I have done for years at some point, you say why you know.”A few weeks ago, after a complaint from a tenant, city and state officials inspected the apartments. They say they found apartments with no smoke detectors, leaking ceilings and windows, mold, and Morency never got the permits needed to build the apartments. Morency says he didn’t know he needed those permits. City officials say they told Morency the apartments were unsafe and the tenants had to move. Due to a miscommunication between the city and Morency, nobody bothered to tell the tenants. “I just happened to hear from someone who works at the bar downstairs that he got a hold of a notice that the tenants are supposed to be out at midnight last night,” says Angela Hanson.Waterville City Manager Michael Roy says they’re not going to throw those tenants out in the cold. “We’re willing to work with people if they need a little more time to get out we’re certainly not, with the weather conditions the way they are, forcing anyone out.”The building is set to be auctioned off on Thursday.